Frederick enlisted in August 1914. Known as Tony, he was a single man aged twenty seven and a keen Rugby Union player. He had been working as a Station Manager prior to volunteering for war service. As a Lance Corporal with the 1st Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron, he sailed from Sydney on HMAT A16, Star of Victoria, on 20 October 1914.
At Gallipoli, on 29 May 1915, he was killed in action in an attack at Quinn's Post when his troop went to the aid of fellow soldiers. According to his mates
'... he stood up on the parapet throwing bombs back at the Turks ... but made a conspicuous target of himself ...'
He was shot through the heart and died instantly. Lance Corporal Bone was buried at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli.
His two older brothers, Robert and Belfield also served during the War. Their parents were great supporters of the War effort at Inverell and donated funds towards the erection of the Inverell Cenotaph which bears Frederick's name.